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African Table Tennis Teams Battle For Tokyo 2020 Slots

The battle for Africa’s slots in the men and women team events of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begins on Wednesday August 21 at the 12th African Games holding in Rabat, Morocco.

18 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams will battle for the continent’s sole slot in the men and women’s event of Tokyo 2020.

The continental powerhouses – Nigeria and Egypt are top seeds in the men and women events with Nigeria men aiming to defend the title they won in 2015, while the Egyptian ladies led by Dina Meshref will also be keen to hold to the title.

African champion Dina Meshref of Egypt

Both teams have been handed an easy ride to the knockout stage with Nigeria drawing Madagascar and Kenya in Group A of the men’s event while Egypt is in Group B alongside Congo DRC and Eritrea.

In the women’s draw, Egypt as the top seed are in Group A with Kenya and Morocco while Nigeria has been pitched against Uganda and Congo Brazzaville in Group B.

The top seven teams in the event will also secure qualification to the 2020 World Team Championships holding in Busan, South Korea.

Aruna Quadri and Segun Toriola

MEN:

Group A (Nigeria, Madagascar, Kenya);

Group B (Egypt, Congo DRC, Eritrea);

Group C (Congo Brazzaville, Mauritius, Angola);

Group D (Algeria, Senegal, Ethiopia); Group E (Togo, Ghana, Djibouti);

Group F (South Africa, Tunisia, Morocco)

Aruna Quadri

WOMEN:

Group A (Egypt, Kenya, Morocco);

Group B (Nigeria, Uganda, Congo Brazzaville);

Group C (Algeria, Mauritius, Congo DRC);

Group D (Tunisia, South Africa, Ethiopia).

Two teams from each group advance to the next stage with the winner in the men and women events qualifying for Tokyo 2020.

15 Countries Confirm For 2019 ITTF Africa Cup, Quadri, Meshref To Defend Titles

In less than one week, the best players from 15 African countries will converge in Lagos for the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup, which serves off on August 3 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri and Egypt’s Dina Meshref are defending champions of the tournament and they are expected to battle against other players for their places in the 2019 ITTF World Cups.

Aside host – Nigeria, countries expected in Lagos for the three-day championship include Algeria, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Congo Brazzaville, Congo DRC, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia.

African champion Dina Meshref of Egypt

Also, since establishing himself as Algeria’s best male player, Sami Kherouf has been making frantic efforts to halt the dominance of Aruna Quadri and Egypt’s Omar Assar (EGY) in Africa. But all his efforts have not materialised.

Again, the Algerian star will be heading to Lagos, in his bid to fulfil his dream of becoming the first Algerian to conquer the continent.

As a realist, Sami Kherouf admitted that it will take an extra-ordinary performance to rule the continent.
“At present, we are training together as a team in Algiers with the aim of using the Africa Cup in Lagos as a good preparation for the All African Games,” he said.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – [April 22]: Mens Doubles preliminary at the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships on April 22, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Remy Gros/ITTF)

On the possibility of dethroning the defending champion – Aruna Quadri, he said: “To win the title is super hard with the presence of the best African players like Omar Assar and Aruna Quadri as well as other good players too.

“I must admit that to win the title will require a lot of work and at the moment it seems hard to win. It is hard because you have to compete with top players, who ply their trade in big leagues and who devote most of their time to the game as their main job,” he added.

Sami Kherouf cannot wait to come to Nigeria. “I cannot wait to come to Nigeria because I have never visited the country before. I know it is a country that loves sports and especially table tennis,” the Algerian number one star said.

In his modest ambition, Sami Kherouf said: “I am aiming to win a bronze medal and I would have loved to become the first Algerian to qualify for the World Cup but it is very hard for everyone except Omar Assar and Aruna Quadri.”

Nigeria’s Quadri and Egypt’s Meshref Emerge as Singles Champions at 2018 ITTF African Championships

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri and Egypt’s Dina Meshref emerged as singles champions at the 2018 ITTF African Championships concluded in Mauritius on Sunday September 9, 2018.

Quadri did not drop a point from the first round (round of 64) until the final when he defeated Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh 4-1 to win his first African Championships title which he narrowly lost to Egypt’s Omar Assar in 2016.

Also, Meshref, who lost the title to Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike in 2016, reclaimed her title after a convincing 4-0 win over compatriot – Reem El-Eraky in the women’s singles final.

An elated Aruna said he is still eager to win the African Games which he is yet to have in his kitty. “I think I have won virtually all the titles in Africa, the only one I am still hungry to win is the African Games title which I believe I will continue to work hard in order to win it next year in Morocco. I am happy that I am winning this African Championships title for the first time particularly less than one month after I won the ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open in Lagos. I am grateful to the Mauritian fans for their support during all my matches,” he said.

Nigeria’s Quadri and Egypt’s Meshref Emerge as Singles Champions at 2018 ITTF African Championships

Despite reclaiming her title, Meshref admitted that it was a bit hard to win back the laurel particularly with strong opposition from Nigeria’s Edem Offiong in the semifinal. “I am happy winning my title back but it was not an easy task particularly with the match against Edem Offiong. But in all I am happy as I look forward to the ITTF World Cup which is my next tournament this year,” she said.

Egypt Dominates Doubles Events At 2018 ITTF African Championships

From all indications, Egypt will cart home all the medals at stake in the doubles events after Dina Meshref and Ahmed Saleh defeated Nigeria’s Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike 4-0 to emerge as champions in the mixed doubles event of the 2018 ITTF African Championships holding in Mauritius.

Also in the women and doubles event, it will be an all Egyptian affair in the finals after Dina Meshref and Yousry Helmy set up a final clash against Farah Abdel-Aziz and Reem El-Raky in the women’s doubles while Youssef Abdel-Aziz and Khalid Assar upset Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri and Segun Toriola in the semifinal with a 4-2 win. Ahmed Saleh and Mohammed El-Beiali also beat Cote d’Ivoire’s duo of Kanate Ali and Kizito Oba Oba by same margin to berth in the final.

Dina Meshref has increased her gold medals to two having won the first gold medal in the women’s team event.
On Saturday September 8, the tournament enters crucial stage in the singles as players for places in the last eight of the championship.

The second round match (round of 32) of the men and women singles event hold as the battle for top prize continues at the Beau Bassin Sports Complex in Mauritius.

African champion Dina Meshref of Egypt

Also in the women’s doubles, South Africa’s duo of Danisha Patel and Simeen Mokreey achieved their biggest feat in the tournament after dismissing Nigeria’s duo of Oshonaike and Esther Oribamise 4-1 in the semifinal round to make the medal zone in the event.

Also Ivorien duo of Ali and Oba Oba made it to the podium after beating South Africa’s pair of Shane Overmeyer and Theo Cogill in the semifinal to finish on the bronze medal zone.

Quadri, Meshref Are Top Seeds As Singles Serve Off Today

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri and Egypt’s Dina Meshref have been seeded as top seeds as the singles event of the 2018 ITTF African Championships serves off on Friday September 7, 2018 in Mauritius.

Action will return to the Beau Bassin Sports Complex after a one-day rest following the conclusion of the team event on Wednesday September the 5th 2018 with Nigeria and Egypt picking the slots for Africa to the 2019 ITTF World Team Cup in Tokyo, Japan.

In the absence of the defending champion – Egypt’s Omar Assar, Aruna Quadri was named the number one seed and he will start his campaign from the second round (round of 32) after getting a bye from the first round.

Also as the second seed in the men’s singles, Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh also got a bye to the second round and the third seed is Egypt’s Mohammed El-Beiali who got a bye to the second round as well.

Aside Meshref who got a bye to the second round, Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike seeded number two also had a bye to the second round.

Aruna Quadri and Dina Meshref

Also the men and women doubles event will precede the kick-off of the singles event while the semifinal of the mixed doubles will hold as well on same day.

It promises to be a busy day for all the teams as they battle for the top spots in the remaining five events (doubles (men and women), singles (men and women) and mixed doubles continues at the championships.

Apart from playing for pride, the players will be aiming to share from the $25,000 prize money set aside for the last four players in the remaining five events.

Quadri, Meshref To Defend Titles At ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup

Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Dina Meshref of Egypt will be defending their titles at this year’s ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup holding in Nairobi, Kenya.

To win the tournament in 2016 in Khartoum, Sudan, Quadri defeated Omar Assar of Egypt 4-2 while Meshref also beat Edem Offiong of Nigeria and this year they will be aiming to retain their laurels when the championship serves off on March 1 in Kasarani indoor Gymnasium of Moi International Sports Stadium in Nairobi.

Aruna Quadri

The top 16 players in men and women singles will compete in the qualification for the 2018 ITTF World Cups.

As the defending champion, Quadri and Segun Toriola qualified automatically as Nigeria’s representatives in the men’s singles, while Olufunke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong will compete in the women’s singles.

According to ITTF Africa, Toriola, Oshonaike and Offiong qualifications was based on their continental rating.

African champion Dina Meshref of Egypt

For Egypt, Dina Meshref and Yousry Helmy will represent the North African nation in the women’s singles while Omar Assar and Ahmed Saleh will compete in the men’s singles.

Each participating nation is expected to have a maximum of two players in the men and women events.

Aruna Quadri and Dina Meshref
current African champions

For the host nation – Kenya, a lot of fans are looking forward to the tournament particularly to watch the rivalry between Quadri and Assar.

According to the President of Kenya table Tennis Association (KTTA), Andrew Mudibo, Kenyans are looking forward to watch the best of the continent. “Many Kenyans who you talk to are looking forward to watching the best players in Africa. This is good for us as most of the times it is the strong sports like football, rugby and athletics that draw large crowds but this time round we hope the Kenyan fans will be able to come and be part of the legacy that this tournament will leave behind and Kenya Table Tennis Association will go all out to publicize the event to the Kenyan public for them to come and enjoy the games. We shall also be giving access to schools to bring their students to watch and maybe one of them will pick up the sport and be the next Segun Toriola, Quadri Aruna, Omar Assar or even Olufunke Oshonaike,” Mudibo said.

Egypt To Represent Africa at World Team Table Tennis Cup

As the champion of Africa, Egypt (men and women) will fly the continent flag at the 2018 ITTF World Team Cup holding in London on February 22 to 25.

Egypt qualification has been confirmed during the 2017 African Championships held in Morocco having emerged as champions in the men and women team events.
Egypt’s men team claimed bronze at the 2013 edition in China and they were honoured nationally by the Egyptian government.

Egypt will be joined in the tournament by world and Olympic champion, China as well as host – England for the 12-team tournament holding at Copper Box Arena on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Captain of the Egyptian women team, Dina Meshref is the most successful star in the team having claimed more medals that anyone in the team.

In the last four years, she has won the sole slot to represent Africa at the ITTF World Cup and as an experienced star, the America University of Cairo (AUC) graduate has a lofty ambition going into this year’s World Team Cup in London come February 22 to 25.

African champion, Dina Meshref ready to lead Egypt to London next month…

As the team resumes training ahead of the tournament, Dina Meshref still believes they can make their presence felt in London. “. We have started national team training this week, and I hope we can be all in good form by the end of February in order to be able to perform well at the World Team Cup in London. Many of the team members will also participate at the 2018 Hungary Open, which will be a good preparation for the event in February,” she said.

For the London tournament, she said: “It is very tough, if we get a good draw, I hope we could win a match and qualify to the main draw.”

She however, expressed optimism on the men’s team by saying, “I believe the men’s team can repeat their achievement in China one more time in London.”